How do you recommend we use glycerin topically?

The second use for Glycerin in the barn is using it mixed with other topical. For instance, I mix ½ Choate’s liniment, ¼ Witch Hazel and ¼ Glycerin as a beginners leg brace. The glycerin tames the Choate’s down and makes it a moisturizing brace. I also mix glycerin with Doc’s leg paint. Right now […]

When do you give Glycerin orally to your horse?

Orally—Glycerin lubricates the throat of the horse. Sometimes it is mixed with Peppermint oil adding the aromatic and possibly the decongestant quality of the peppermint oil. Peppermint is also known to sooth the stomach and help in ulcer situations—horses usually love peppermint. Often when the weather is real cold or if it has been extremely […]

When my horse’s hoof was trimmed, my farrier pointed out the beginning stages of white line disease – flaky area on the hoof with some pitting in the white line. What do you recommend for a treatment?

I agree. It does sound like the beginning stages of white line disease, which makes the hoof vulnerable to serious infection. The basic steps for treatment before adding the shoe:  Clean away debris with a stiff brush or gently with a wire brush being careful not to damage the hoof Treat the line with Hoof […]

Recently, we purchased a younger draft horse who is completely lame and has no sign of heat or swelling in the leg. We know that there are no sign of bruising. Any ideas on what could be causing the lameness? At first I thought the coronary band looked good, but I now see a raised area. The horse is very sensitive to touch in that area.

My best guess is this horse is graveling or an abscess is breaking at the coronary band. This typically happens when an infection enters the white line area of the hoof either through a nail hole or a defect in the hoof wall which allow soil, sand or debris to enter into the softer white […]

FQ: My horse has blown an abscess out the coronary band and also out the sole of the hoof. There is a bi-lateral cavity within the hoof –the horse continues to have re-occurring infection and is extremely lame—to the point I am considering giving him up. My trainer told me to contact you because you have never steered my trainer wrong, fixing all of her past problem horses. How can I help my horse?

I want you to squirt the Sole Pack Dressing into the hole in the sole of the foot. Use the empty oral syringes or the bottle with the tip to squirt the dressing into this cavity—whatever works best for this but do not jab the tip into sensitive tissue. When the cavity has filled with […]

FAQ: Is there a secret to getting 2 oz of Wind Aid down a horse’s throat? I have tried squirting fast & squirting slow, & holding the horse’s head up after squirting. The horse manages to spit 95% of it out. Any suggestions?

I would guess that you are not getting the syringe back far enough in the throat.  On some horses I pull the tongue out to one side and then squirt it back in the throat.  But, most of the time you can insert the syringe into the side of the mouth and get it back […]